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Sudan, South Sudan officials vow to settle Abyei dispute


Hemetti arriving at a lunch organized by Abyei businessmen in Juba on 26 August 2020 (ST photo)August 26, 2020 (JUBA) - South Sudanese and Sudanese officials Thursday vowed to settle the issue of the disputed border area of Abyei after the end of the Juba process for peace in Sudan.

Abyei businessmen organized a lunch for the chairman of the Sudanese government negotiating team Mohamed Hamdan Daglo aka Hemetti who is also the deputy head of the Sovereign Council.

The lunch was also attended by the South Sudanese Vice-President Hussein Abdelbagi and the mediation team particularly Tut Gatluak and Dhieu Matouk.

Speaking at the event, Abdelbagi called to hold a referendum in Abyei to decide on the fate of the area which is inhabited by the Ngok Dinka and Messeriya tribes.

"We want to implement the opinion of the people of Abyei, whether they joined South Sudan or Sudan because we want to achieve complete stability in Sudan," he said.

"Until December, we want to achieve peace in Abyei and peace in Sudan," he further said.

For his part, Hemetti hailed the efforts of the South Sudanese government to achieve peace in Sudan and vowed to launch a process on Abyei at the end of the current peace process.

"The solution to the Abyei crisis is a priority for us. God willing, after the end of the peace process, we will form our committees and start directly on the Abyei issue," he said.

Under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that allowed South Sudan independence, the residents of the Abyei Area should decide whether they want to join South Sudan or to remain in Sudan.

However, the two sides failed to determine who is eligible to take part in the vote.


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  • 28 August 04:25, by Khent

    Any ’referendum’ that involves the Misseriya of Muglad and Babanusa is a non-starter. The impasse on Abyei cannot be resolved at this point in time — especially in light of the conditions that South Sudan is experiencing; Juba would be absolutely insane to engage in any form of negotiation while we are still in the midst of a destructive and unnecessary civil war; our ’economy’ is non-existent.

  • 28 August 05:51, by Mayendit

    What I really like is to see the people of Abyei come back from Northern Sudan and then, have reunited togetherness and in that way perhaps, you will gets a lot of supports from South Sudanese people. We do know the Northern Sudanese government are telling Misserya to keep claiming ownership of Abyei but in reality they were not transferred together with the people of Abyei. Movable tribes are not

  • 28 August 06:03, by Mayendit

    It is up to Northern Sudanese government to choose between good neighbors and bad neighbors because the issue of Abyei will tear up our relation unless they should frankly telling Misserya and other tribe to forget claiming on Abyei ownership. Those Northern Sudanese tribes who are always benefiting in South Sudan for water and grazing lands is going to change should the North Sudan behave.

    • 28 August 12:10, by jubaone

      All literate and well-placed jienges have fled their areas and living in comfort zones of Equatoria, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan or spread around the globe as refugees never wanting to return and develop their areas. Mesiriya and Muraheelin are right to take empty spaces to graze their animals or settle down to own them. Go fight or just shut up.

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